A clever critique of Hollywood
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Yankee flier Steve Trevor rapidly acknowledges Diana’s physical superiority – whether she briefly holds him captive with her golden Lasso of Truth, or she extends a bulletproof arm bracer to keep him from being shot.
She is the better protector, and he pivots into being a strong support player.
“Who is the guy who is salty and jaded enough that he doesn’t have time for sexism?” Jenkins says of her version of the Steve Trevor character.
“If that person is going to help win that battle, he has to (react]) like: “We’re separating? That sounds great. You do what (you’re best at).”
The film also comments on Hollywood representation of women and people of colour. At one point, one of the men in Diana’s band of warriors, Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), even tells her that he would love to be an actor, but that his ethnicity puts him at a casting disadvantage.
The “ragtag team” of World War I warriors includes Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Chief (Eugene Brave Rock) and Charlie (Ewen Bremner).
Wonder Woman is no screed, but the point of that modern meta-context couldn’t be sharper.
To dramatise the pitfalls of typecasting people, the director says, she wanted her hero “to be paired with a seemingly ragtag team of criminals: Oh, you’re a hustler and a liar, you’re a thief, you’re a killer? What the hell is this?”
“Yes, that is the stamp you would put on them,” Jenkins tells The Wasington Post.
“The ‘traitor’ is not actually even taking money. He simply can’t live anywhere else. And so he’s doing what he can here. And the liar is really just an actor who is trying to survive and not be this soldier. And the soldier is not okay with killing after all.”
Arguably the film’s most on-thenose scene featuring her fellow warriors includes Sameer’s statement that his ethnicity is an impediment to pursuing a career in the West as an actor. The other warriors, including the Native American “Chief ”, offer insights that puncture any stereotyping.
Wonder Woman runs a bit longer than many solo superhero films, but this scene was especially vital to keep in, the director notes.
“I was absolutely steadfast about that,” Jenkins says. “I wish the movie were five minutes shorter, too. But if each of those characters don’t have that moment, then it becomes a movie about a liar and a thief and a murderer. And I was like: ‘I can’t. That’s not okay.’”
Especially when your period film about a costumed superhero is finely stitched with political commentary that bears striking relevance today. – The Washington Post
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film is more than just an action-packed extravaganza. The film has moments that subtly encapsulate the not-so-public aspects of Hollywood – the politics behind the glamorous industry.